Northants Police reveal new steps to tackle domestic abuse

Northamptonshire Police has released a report highlighting the changes it has made after being criticised for its handling of domestic abuse cases.

In March a report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) made eight recommendations for areas where the force’s reponse to this crime could be improved.

Northamptonshire Police has released a report highlighting the changes it has made after being criticised for its handling of domestic abuse cases

Northamptonshire Police has released a report highlighting the changes it has made after being criticised for its handling of domestic abuse cases

The force has now published its reponse and Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “I have recently refreshed my Police and Crime Plan which continues to highlight and strengthen our response to domestic abuse. In that plan I have made it clear that violence is a social and public health concern that requires all agencies across the criminal justice system and local government to work with the police to create solutions to complex crime problems such as domestic abuse.

“Domestic violence accounts for a large proportion of violent crime in Northamptonshire and I am pleased that the force has taken action to implement recommendations from HMIC to improve the level of service it offers victims of domestic abuse.”

Among the recommendations made were that the force should make sure all call handlers are approriately trained to identify those at risk.

The force control room has undertaken training in relation to domestic abuse and there is increased supervision of domestic abuse incidents.